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The Washington Times reported on Sunday, October 14th that the investigating committees run by the GOP appear to be closing in on the truth regarding the scheme to implicate collusion between the campaign of Donald Trump and operatives in the Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
The latest sign of success was the move of one of the individuals under investigation, Glenn Simpson, to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself. This happened when he was subpoenaed by a House Republican task force which is investigating the overall conspiracy.
The Times reports:
Congressional Republicans are collecting evidence to show an extensive, election year, anti-Trump conspiracy between Hillary Clinton operatives such as Fusion GPS and Barack Obama appointees at the Justice Department and the FBI.
The Republicans see Mr. Simpson as the key middleman between Justice and the Clinton campaign. He orchestrated the Democrat-financed dossier on which the FBI built its early investigation of candidate Donald Trump. Republicans believe the unproven dossier, with its charge of extensive Trump-Russia collusion, is a sham perpetrated by Democrats and the press.
Mr. Simpson decided to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights during the same week that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein balked at testifying. Republicans want information about his May 2017 meeting with then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He said in a memo that Mr. Rosenstein talked of secretly recording the president, The New York Times reported.
“You know we’re getting close when first Rosenstein is a no-show, and now Glenn Simpson is taking the 5th,” tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican.
Mr. Simpson testified to two congressional committees last year and then urged the release of transcripts.
But his attorney, Joshua A. Levy, informed the House task force last week that he would defy a subpoena. Mr. Levy hasn’t responded to attempts by The Times to obtain a comment.
The Washington Times noted that this is indicative of some sort of change. The specifics of what changed are unknown. However, the Times does elicit some speculation as to the reasons for this refusal to show now:
As they dig deeper and talk to Obama people who worked with Mr. Simpson, Republicans believe some of his congressional testimony hasn’t been truthful.
For years Mr. Simpson and Fusion’s other former Wall Street journalists have worked in secret to hand out juicy tidbits to news bureaus — as long as no company DNA is left behind.
But the unverified dossier disrupted their business model.
The Fusion GPS exposure started in 2017 when Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, unleashed his subpoena powers. He forced Democrats to acknowledge that the crown jewel of Fusion’s research — the dossier — was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
For the first time, the public learned that former British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier, with its tales of Trump-Russia conspiracies that remain unconfirmed, wasn’t an intelligence report. It was opposition research that used Democratic money to tap a host of unknown Kremlin agents as sources.
Mr. Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, then disclosed thatthe FBI embraced that very same piece of Democratic research to obtain court-authorized wiretaps on a Trump volunteer.
The conspiracy grew larger this year. The task force of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees began summoning the FBI and Justice Department hierarchy for closed-door questioning.
Those filing in: Peter Strzok, the fired FBI agent who vowed to stop Mr. Trump; his lover, Lisa Page, a former FBIcounsel; James Baker, the FBI’s former general counsel; and Bruce Ohr, an associate deputy attorney general. All have been fired, forced to resign or transferred.
In October 2016, the FBI fired Mr. Steele. He violated his agreement with the bureau by leaking to leftist Mother Jones magazine. The FBI didn’t know it at the time, but Mr. Steele already had broken the rules repeatedly by briefing many of Washington’s mainstream media at Mr. Simpson’s request.
The Times continued to elucidate the situation, and this piece of reporting is uniquely helpful in that it offers a detailed summary of discoveries and information all under one banner.
What is perhaps troubling is the amount of penetration into the mainstream media sources, (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, NPR, and the newpapers) that seems not to have happened. While the American public seems largely unconvinced that there was collusion, they also do not seem very clear on the notion that this (and all of Russiagate) was a Democrat fabrication to try to discredit President Trump, and possibly as a vehicle to bring impeachment proceedings against him should the Democrats regain control of the House in November this year.
The mainstream media has been running what amounts to a 24/7 hit operation against the President, trying by any and all editorial means to thwart his work and his agenda for the nation. To the extent that this disinformation campaign has at least caused chaos, their work has been successful. However, as this report shows, much of the foundation of the media attacks is in fact, completely false.
The one bit that makes the MSM's attack effective is that it is being conducted with an unusually high degree of unity. In August, The Boston Globe invited editorial boards from media outlets across the USA to weigh in on President Trump's comment that "journalists are the enemy of the people."
Hundreds of outlets did in fact weigh in with all manner of writing and media to show the refusal to accede to Mr. Trump's claim or at least to ridicule it. However, the few stalwart alternative media sources and those who read or listen to them would not be moved. This appears to have taken enough hold for the Republican investigation to be known about by at least this group of ostensibly Trump supporters.
It does not seem to do much to convince the partakers of MSM media, particularly Democrats who are soundly invested in the dream of getting rid of this unexpected barricade to their globalist agenda, President Donald Trump.
However, that success comes at a risk and a price. In Part II of this story we will examine these factors.